(National Sentinel) Justice: Well, that didn’t take long.
As noted by PJ Media, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), a conservative Christian organization, has filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood.
Recently the Alt-Left SPLC listed DJKM as a “hate group,” while GuideStar also categorized it in those very terms. Meanwhile, Amazon may have used the false designation to keep the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile.
“We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong,” Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. “Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”
The SPLC has labeled DJKM an “anti-LGBT hate group” for its opposition to same-sex marriage and transgenderism, for which, of course, it has a constitutional right.
“These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” Wright declared.
The SPLC also identifies “neo-Confederate” groups as “hate” organizations, claiming: “The term neo-Confederacy is used to describe twentieth and twenty-first century revivals of pro-Confederate sentiment in the United States. Strongly nativist, neo-Confederacy claims to pursue Christianity and heritage and other supposedly fundamental values that modern Americans are seen to have abandoned.”
The fact that “neo-Confederate” groups exist at all means, obviously, that not all “modern Americans” have “abandoned” Southern heritage.
But in any event, you get the picture: For anyone who believes in traditional Christian values — their right to do, under our system of government — they must be branded “haters.”
Well, one group is fighting back, and that’s a good thing; SPLC and the other named parties in the DJKM suit have gotten away with defaming Christian organizations for long enough.
“After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans,” the DJKM president concluded.
“SPLC acted knowingly, intentionally, and with actual malice in publishing the Hate Map that included the Ministry and in publishing the SPLC Transmissions to GuideStar that included the ministry,” it alleged. “SPLC’s conduct in making these publications was beyond the reckless disregard for the truth standard required by Alabama law for punitive damages.”
It also noted that “the Ministry suffered special damages in its exclusion from the AmazonSmile program as a result of SPLC’s publication of the Hate Map and the SPLC Transmissions.”
We’ll be monitoring this to see what happens. The SPLC has to be held to account for this kind of arbitrary, politically biased defamation.
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